Editor: 

May is School Board Recognition Month, sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards to celebrate the contributions of board members to Iowa public education. The Maquoketa School District is celebrating our school board superheroes for their heroic work serving our students and our school. 

While our board members are elected to the position by the community, they serve unpaid. They’re volunteers who are true superheroes — they spend a significant amount of time at regular monthly meetings, reviewing board materials, communicating with citizens, taking advantage of board learning opportunities, and attending school functions and activities.

The Maquoketa School Board is charged with governing our school district. They set the direction for the district, oversee the budget, develop policies and make decisions that impact the entire community. Most importantly, they are committed to student achievement. 

Our school board keeps the district moving forward. They serve approximately 1,400 students and 280 employees, and are responsible for an annual budget of $23 million. It’s a big job for no pay, but our board members say they serve to meet the needs of our students and our community.

The Maquoketa District is shining a spotlight on our superheroes at the regular monthly meeting on May 13 at 5:30 p.m. We will present our board members with certificates of appreciation. Media and community members are invited to attend. 

The superheroes serving the Maquoketa District are President Mike Hayward, Vice President David Sybesma, Director Lenke Carson, Director Mary Herring, and Director Tanya Roeder. Please take the time to thank these folks for their countless hours and dedication to the students of the Maquoketa School District! 

Superintendent Chris Hoover

Maquoketa